A great evening with music and praise and extra touching moments that were shared with the group about the Holy Land. Thanks to the Worship Band and crew for the extra efforts at an new location. Thanks to everyone involved with the program. Thanks to all the men and women who helped out at Our Saviour's Church for our Salad Supper and a special thanks to those from Our Saviour's church.
All the current information about events and happenings at Antelope Hills Church can be found in our monthly newsletter. The April Newsletter and the Front Pages from Previous Months' Newsletters are available here. (Left click on Page to enlarge image)
For over eight years, Antelope Hills Christian Church has been giving away furniture to anyone in need in the local communities. Hundreds of pieces of furniture, appliances, medical equipment and household furnishings have been given away in the past few years. What started humbly in our church parsonage has expanded into rental space at the CAMA/Connection building in the town of Canby. Donations are accepted from the communities and passed along through advertising on social media and through local agencies. More information about this vital and growing ministry or about volunteering to help or serve with us is available by contacting Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church.
Wow, can you believe it? $100,000 raised in one year! The Envelope Window fundraiser is complete. All the envelopes and more have been filled and given as offerings for the new building. So thankful to God and to all the people, near and far who gave in this fundraiser! Pastor Steve
Thanks to Nathan and Lisa Thorpe and family for the truck, coordinating the decorating and all their efforts to get the AHCC float together and in the Canby parade. Thanks to Grant, Danielle and Sharon for helping decorating as well and also to Danielle and Sharon for helping me hand out gifts along the parade route. Nice turnout, a little cold but a fun evening!
Every year, Antelope Hills Christian Church joins the churches around the world in remembering the Persecuted Church around the world. This year our day of reflection and prayer was on Sunday November 11, 2018. Sharon and Troy shared thoughts on the people and churches in Iraq and India. There were also some insights into the situation in Pakistan and a powerful video presentation on Pakistan. Please remember the Persecuted Church in your prayers and get involved in some way to help them. Various opportunities are listed at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/ and https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ The video can be seen at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/
Audio Sermon - Jesus is More - September 23, 2018 Pastor Steve Maas
WE started this fundraiser last winter in February/March and we are on our way with the Envelope Money Raiser for our new church building. Our goal is $100,000 dollars. The envelopes start in the single digits and go up to $300 as of now. As of August 6, 2018, we have raised around $46,000.00. Way to go, everyone. Grab an envelope and put it in the offering! Out of towners, we welcome all donations, large and small. Thanks to all, who have given to make this a successful endeavor to get into our new building to serve our Lord and Savior in new ways!
With the help of God moving in people's hearts, we completed this fundraiser as of February 1st, 2019 with well over $100,000.00 raised and all the envelopes taken and filled ... thanks to everyone from the church and friends and family from near and far, who gave as well.
Thanks to Delroy, Wes and Jim for their work on getting the church sign up and solidified with concrete!
Thanks to Rebecca Shepherd for making our new sign for our "Furniture Ministry" space at the Connection Building in Canby. It looks good and the general public will be able to know the location of the furniture in a more recognizable way.
A great day on the Laq Qui Parle River. Young and not so young, all had a great day! Thanks to Adrian for helping organize this day on the river. A reflection on the day, follows the pictures.
The Church Body of Believers at Antelope Hills are reading through the New Testament in 2018. We are reading 5 Chapters a week which should take around 5 minutes or so a day and then taking time to reflect each day or on the weekend. Join us on this adventure in reading God's Word together. Reflections on the readings from the week are shared during our Sunday Services by people from the congregation. We feel this reading of the Word together will be blessed by the Holy Spirit in a unifying way that we might together serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you would like to be part of the 5X5 Reading plan, please pick up a schedule at the church or click on the link below to access the downloadable 5X5 Bible reading plan at the Navigators website. Thanks
This is long overdue ... but many thanks to the men and women of Antelope Hills Church for all they do outside the walls of the church. You are volunteering in school groups and functions, coaching, civic groups, blood drives, Meals on Wheels! I am thankful to all of you and all the different places you serve!
I would like to say a big thank you to Barb for playing for me all these years at Sylvan Court, Marvin for helping out and for Nancy who has helped out in the summer at Sylvan.
As a church body along with some other members of the community and some other pastors along the way we have spent hundreds of hours fixing, remodeling, cleaning, organizing, building, planning and working at the CAMA/Connection Building as we moved from the old Connection building and remodeled the new one. The creative blackboard wall and the Lite Bright wall just below are two of the coolest things we built working at the CAMA/Connection building with Betsy Schmitt's (Connection Manager) ideas to make a blackboard area and use the old garage door from the new Connection building. Thanks to all the AHCC movers, cleaners, food providers, workers and painters for your help ... Lisa, Adriane, Cheyenne, Stuart, Dale S., Dale P., Jim S., Betty, Marcella, Mary Anne, Charlotte, Emily, Delroy, Greg and Zach C. and myself. Will put up some more pictures from the CAMA/Connection in the next few weeks. Antelope Hills rents part of the CAMA/Connection building for our Furniture Ministry. Thanks to all who have helped me out delivering or loading furniture with the Furniture Ministry as well Jim T., Darren, Wes, Reed, Stuart, Grant, Dale S., Mary Anne, Dale P., Emily, Toby and Delroy and many others. Also thanks to all those who helped with the Van carpet redo ... Jim S., Kent, Delroy, Marvin and Dale S. and Jane for giving us some snacks along the way.
Our VBS mission for 2017 will be in South Dakota. We will be supporting the Diamond Willow Ministries this year. We will be doing some projects as well as raising funds for this vital ministry on the Crow Creek Reservation.
We have in the past supported a ministry in South Dakota that works with the Native American population on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation. The reservation itself covers approximately 400 square miles. Fort Thompson is the primary community on the reservation. Life is difficult on the reservation with the unemployment rate fluctuating between 70-80%.
The vision of Diamond Willow Ministries is to bring the freedom and peace offered only in Jesus Christ to the Native American Community, becoming a source of light and an example for other communities to follow, ultimately bringing this freedom and peace to surrounding communities and the world beyond.
The Ministry facility began around 2000 with the construction of the Ikce Oyate Christian Center with volunteers from around the country. They have continued to add more and more buildings and in the past few years have started to develop Christian Camps for the local children and youth during the summer months. They have now added the Mato Family Center which is a multi-purpose building used for gatherings, services, parties, and meetings.
The Diamond Willow Ministries staffs and provides a place for children and families to worship, learn about the Bible and fellowship together, called the Icke Oyate Christian Center, which is located near North Shore Boat Ramp at 22850 North Shore Road, Fort Thompson, SD 57339. On Sundays the people get together every week with a pancake breakfast open to the community with a worship service that follows the morning breakfast. During the week there are numerous activities, classes, youth meetings for the Native American people from the reservation and local communities.
More information can be found at http://www.d-w-m.org/
Update ---- A huge "Thank you" to all who gave so generously in our Bibles for Guatemala mission offering. Around $1400.00 was raised in September special offerings to buy and ship over 350 Bibles and DVDs to Guatemala to the Tabernaculo de Dios church and the work of Pastor Mercedez in the poor community around the Guatemalan City Dump. It took a few months to get the Bibles from the publisher and through all the customs procedures but they were delivered to Pastor Mercedez in January 2015 by Pablo Villagran, Missions Director at Dorie's Promise Orphanage (foreverchangedinternational.org). A big "Thank You" to Pablo for working so hard to get these Bibles through to the people of Guatemala! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Steve and Sharon Maas
A story about our time in Guatemala as a family in the summer of 2014 and our visit to Tabernaculo de Dios and our time with Pastor Mercdez can be found on the posts on my blog from that time at http://www.ourdaysarehis.com/?m=201408